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Jeweller puts up anti-gay sign after same-sex couple order wedding rings

Naith Payton May 18, 2015

A same-sex couple have asked for the deposit for their wedding rings back after the jeweller put up a homophobic sign.

Canadian couple Nicole White and Pam Renouf ordered their wedding rings from Today’s Jewellers, and found the staff initially pleasant and helpful.

Ms White told cbc: “They were great to work with. They seemed to have no issues. They knew the two of us were a same-sex couple.”

They even recommended the jewellers to their friends – which is how they found out about the sign. A friend who had been to purchase a ring for his girlfriend told the couple he had see the anti-same-sex marriage banner.

It read: “The sanctity of marriage is under attack”. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005.

The friend took a photo and showed it to Ms White and Ms Renouf.

Ms White said: “I had no idea about the sign up until that point. It was really upsetting.

“They just said that that’s their beliefs, and they think they can put up whatever they want. I just said it was very disrespectful, it’s very unprofessional and I wanted a refund.”

Esau Jardon, co-owner of the shop, said he will not refund the couple – the rings are ready for the couple to come and pay the full balance for.

But Ms White said: “I think every time I look at that ring, I’ll probably think of what we just went through.”

 

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